Adam Tooze
John Adam Tooze

(1967-07-05) 5 July 1967 (age 56)
London, England
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisOfficial Statistics and Economic Governance in Interwar Germany (1996)
Doctoral advisorAlan Milward
InfluencesWynne Godley[1]
Academic work
Notable works Edit this at Wikidata

John Adam Tooze (born 1967) is an English historian who is a professor at Columbia University, Director of the European Institute[2][3][4] and nonresident scholar at Carnegie Europe. Previously, he was Reader in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Cambridge and Gurnee Hart Fellow in History at Jesus College, Cambridge.[5] After leaving Cambridge in 2009, he spent six years at Yale University as Professor of Modern German History[6] and Director of International Security Studies at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies,[7] succeeding Paul Kennedy. Through his books (such as Crashed) and his online newsletter (Chartbook), he reaches a varied audience of historians, investors, administrators, and others.[8]

Early life

Tooze was born on 5 July 1967[9] to British parents who met at Cambridge. His maternal grandparents were the social researchers Arthur and Margaret Wynn, who together wrote a study of the financial connections of the Conservative Party establishment.[10] Arthur was also a civil servant and recruiter of Soviet spies at Oxford. Tooze's father was a molecular biologist who worked in Heidelberg, West Germany, where Tooze spent much of his childhood. He had an early interest in engineering and an aspiration to design engines for race cars. A precocious student, at secondary school he was permitted to teach a class on Keynesian modelling.[11]

Education and research

After studying at Highgate School from 1983 to 1985,[12] Tooze graduated with a BA in economics from King's College, Cambridge in 1989. He then studied at the Free University of Berlin before moving to the London School of Economics for a doctorate in economic history under the supervision of Alan Milward.[13][14]

In 2002 Tooze was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Modern History for his first book, Statistics and the German State, 1900–1945: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge.[citation needed] He first came to prominence for his economic study of the Third Reich, The Wages of Destruction, which was one of the winners of the 2006 Wolfson History Prize,[15] and a broad-based history of the First World War with The Deluge, published in 2014. He then widened his scope to study the financial crash of 2008 and its economic and geopolitical consequences with Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, published in 2018, for which he won the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize.[16]

Tooze writes for numerous publications, including the Financial Times,[17] London Review of Books,[18] New Left Review,[19] The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian,[20] Foreign Policy,[21] and Die Zeit.[22] Since 2022 he sits on the board of the ZOE Institute for Future-fit economies.[23]

Personal life

Tooze is a grandson of the British civil servant and Soviet spy, Arthur Wynn and his wife, Peggy Moxon. Tooze's 2006 book, The Wages of Destruction, is dedicated to them.[24]



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Book reviews

Year Review article Work(s) reviewed
2020 Tooze, Adam (3–23 April 2020). "The War Against Climate Change". The Critics. Books. New Statesman. 149 (5514): 66–69. Lieven, Anatol. Climate Change and the Nation State: The Realist Case. Allen Lane.


  1. ^ Mentioned in Crashed, Acknowledgments, pp. 9–10 "... debts I owe to two teachers ... Wynne Godley was a mentor and teacher of a very different kind. Spontaneously warm and generous in spirit, he took me under his cape in my first year at King’s and introduced me, and a group of my contemporaries, to what, at the time, was a highly idiosyncratic brand of economics."
  2. ^ "Adam Tooze | European Institute". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ Fischer, Molly (28 March 2022). "The Cult of Adam Tooze". Intelligencer. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Adam Tooze". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  5. ^ Tooze, Adam (April 2016). "Adam Tooze's CV". Adam Tooze's personal website. Archived from the original on 15 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Adam Tooze | History Politics Theory". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Bio". ADAM TOOZE. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Lowrey, Annie (5 July 2022). "A Crisis Historian Has Some Bad News for Us". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  9. ^ Adam Tooze [@adam_tooze] (5 July 2016). "This IS a birthday treat ... My first book: Ladybird's William the Conqueror" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Phillips, Angela (17 February 2010). "Margaret Wynn obituary". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  11. ^ Fischer, Molly (28 March 2022). "The Cult of Adam Tooze". New York. New York City: New York Media. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  12. ^ Hughes, Patrick; Davies, Ian F. Highgate School Register 1833-1988. p. 422.
  13. ^ "Tooze, Adam | Department of History - Columbia University". Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Faculty: Adam Tooze". Archived from the original on 24 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Previous Winners - The Wolfson Foundation". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Adam Tooze Wins the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize for Crashed; How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World" (PDF). The Lionel Gelber Prize. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Adam Tooze". Financial Times. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Adam Tooze · LRB". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  19. ^ "New Left Review - author". Archived from the original on 6 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Adam Tooze". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  21. ^ Tooze, Adam. "Adam Tooze". Foreign Policy. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Adam Tooze". ZEIT ONLINE (in German). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Prof Adam Tooze – ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies". Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  24. ^ Tooze, Adam (2007) [2006]. The Wages of Destruction (1st ed.). New York, New York: Viking Penguin. p. v. ISBN 978-0-670-03826-8.
  25. ^ "Statistics and the German State". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  26. ^ "The Wages of Destruction". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  27. ^ "The Deluge". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  28. ^ "Crashed". Adam Tooze's personal website. Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  29. ^ Tooze, Adam (2 September 2021). "Has Covid ended the neoliberal era?". The Guardian.
  30. ^ "The Cambridge History of the Second World War". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  31. ^ Sozialforschung, Hamburger Institut für. "Personen Detailansicht". Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  32. ^ "Normalität und Fragilität: Demokratie nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  33. ^ Tooze, Adam (4 April 2019). "Is this the end of the American century?". London Review of Books. pp. 3–7. ISSN 0260-9592. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  34. ^ London Review of Books (LRB) (27 March 2019), Adam Tooze: American Power in the Long 20th Century, archived from the original on 19 December 2021, retrieved 31 March 2019
  35. ^ Tooze, Adam (6 June 2019). "Democracy and Its Discontents". New York Review of Books. ISSN 0028-7504. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  36. ^ "Framing Crashed Archives". ADAM TOOZE. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2019.